Bath, Shower, Shower Jellies

Butterbear Shower Jelly

A new product for 2018, this shower jelly is designed to look like the cute Butterbear Bath Bomb, which is Lush’s Christmas version of the popular Butterball.

Upon first smell, you can immediately recognise the familiar scent. Butterballs and Butterbears are known for their Cocoa Butter content which is mixed with uplifting Ylang Ylang and sweet Synthetic Musk to create a really comforting vanilla and chocolatey fragrance.

Because of the Cocoa Butter, Butterbear is perhaps one of the most moisturising and softening shower jellies I’ve ever used. It makes my skin feel undeniably soft and coupled with the Carrageenan Seaweed jelly base, the lather it creates is luxuriously creamy and nourishing.

Although it’s slightly smaller than some other jellies due to the shape, the lower price and it’s benefits more than make up for it. The Butterball family is known to be perfect for small children and those with sensitive skin due to the simple ingredient list and this is no exception.

The scent is also known to be very subtle but I find that it’s perhaps at its strongest in this format and it’s got a relatively good staying power on your skin providing you don’t cover it up with another fragrance.

This is possibly my favourite jelly to date, as much as I wish it would stick around all year, I’m positive that mine will last until next Christmas when hopefully it’ll be back!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Carrageenan Extract, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Ylang Ylang Oil, Synthetic Musk

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Refresher Shower Jelly

Shower Jellies are a unique, versatile and fun alternative to soaps and shower gels. Mineral-rich Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique base.

How to use? Well that’s up to you! You can use the whole piece as one squishy bar of soap and lather it up all over your body, or you can cut it into chunks and use each piece separately. Personally I do the first option with mine!

Refresher is a beautifully zesty citrus scented jelly. With a bright, glimmering yellow colour it’s perfect for energising and brightening your mood. The seaweed base also means that the feel of a jelly gliding over your body is lovely, leaving wonderfully soft skin in it’s wake.

The scent reminds me of sugary lemon tarts, sweet lemon drops or the Refresher sweets which are probably what this shower jelly is named after.

When using, the scent literally engulfs your bathroom as it’s really quite strong. You can smell it everywhere once you’ve used it so it’s great for those who like a long lasting scent on the skin. The jellies lather up extremely well, especially this one, so it’s not hard to get these wobbly soaps going. It’s a very refreshing and uplifting experience, perfect for dreary mornings where all you wanna do is go back to sleep.

Another great thing about the Jellies is that they last an incredible amount of time so they’re great value for the money. After a while, they can end up falling apart but TOP TIP ALERT! If this happens to yours – just stick it in the microwave in it’s pot for around a minute or so and it’ll melt back into it’s original form! Just be careful not to burn yourself with molten jelly though…

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Unfortunately, Refresher Shower Jelly was discontinued a while back so it’s currently unavailable, but hopefully it’ll make a return some day as I believe it was one of the better jellies Lush have done!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Lemon Oil, Rosewood Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil, Perfume, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Colour 19140:1)

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Bath, Bath Bombs, Jelly Bombs

Secret Arts Jelly Bomb

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Formally known as ‘Dark Arts’ Jelly Bomb,  I’m sure you can guess, Secret Arts Jelly Bomb is inspired by the fictional world of Harry Potter and due to the jet black colour it leaves the water after dissolving, it was definitely the one I was most excited about when the Jelly Bombs were first released last year.

All of Lush’s Jelly Bombs contain an ingredient called Sodium Alginate, which is what creates the jelly-like texture in the water. Sodium Alginate is extracted from mineral rich seaweed and is actually a fine white powder until it expands and thickens in the water. Like most ingredients derived from seaweed, Sodium Alginate is beautifully softening for the skin, which is by far the biggest pro of the Jelly Bombs in my opinion. You literally feel like a newborn baby after stepping out of the bath, a feeling which really does last.

Another pro is definitely the smell, Secret Arts has a lovely unique scent to it, which isn’t too strong or overpowering. A mixture of uplifting Brazilian Orange Oil, stimulating Cinnamon Leaf Oil and sweet Almond Essential Oil, it leaves behind a warming, almost chocolatey/cakey sort of smell.

I always recommend anyone who uses the jelly bombs to add them in whilst the bath water is still running, so by the time you get in yourself, the jelly bomb should have completely dissolved, as she’s a very slow fizzer. You also need to make sure the water is quite hot to really get the jelly going, as it doesn’t fare well in colder waters – the jelly has a tendency to clump together around the ‘fizzer’ parts of the bomb, meaning you’re left with lumps of non-fizzing bath bomb bobbing about which you have to smush with your hands.

Secret Arts starts off with black streams fizzing and oozing out but hidden away inside is a section of pink which looks really pretty against the deep jet black.

The only thing I don’t like about Secret Arts Jelly Bomb, and all Jelly Bombs in actual fact is that you don’t feel totally ‘clean’ after using it. I’m someone who loves the feeling of being clean and refreshed and unfortunately the slime-like jelly does have a tendency to stick in body hair, meaning I had to shower after having a bath to remove it all. Furthermore, especially with the dark colour of this particular Jelly Bomb, it does stain a rim around your bath meaning you will have to give it a good scrub down afterwards. A relaxing bathing experience it wasn’t.

All in all, I think the idea is great as it’s something really different and kids sure do love it. I would definitely recommend trying each Jelly Bomb once but I won’t be using the same one twice anytime soon.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Alginate, Cornflour, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 17200, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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